(March, 2017) Yes,
they are at it again...and things are crawling out of the
woodwork! So far, over 50 bills aimed at changing the 2004
School Calendar Law have been introduced during the 2017 session
of the NC General Assembly. More will come. The vast majority
of these bills are for local school boards wanting total control
of setting calendars.
sounds like a good idea but it's not, and here's why.
to passage of the School Calendar Law in 2004, the vast majority
of school systems across North Carolina were opening their
doors very early in August. Parents' and teachers' pleas to
have a more traditional school calendar as an option were
being ignored and/or ridiculed. That's why the grassroots
non-profit, Save Our Summers - North Carolina formed, and
why they took the matter to the General Assembly (for a more
complete historical record of SOS-NC, Click
the law has been challenged every year since its passage,
SOS-NC has been there to advocate for educators, parents,
and other concerned citizens who have needed, not just wanted,
the option of being able to attend a school with a more traditional
Their arguments were, and still are, valid and solid, and
can be found at this link.
2013, the calendar law changed to provide more flexibility,
which school systems and administrators had been requesting
for years. Changing the attendance requirement from "185
days" to "185 days OR 1,025 hours of instruction"
was a major boon to NC school systems.
required school start and end dates changed as well, with
the law currently reading as follows: "Start date no
earlier than the Monday closest to August 26 and end date
no later than the Friday closest to June 11 (unless a weather
related calendar waiver has been approved, year-round school,
charter school or cooperative innovative high school.) If
waiver is approved the start date can be no earlier than the
Monday closest to August 19."
are even in place now to grant start and end date waivers
to qualifying low-performance schools. The NC State Board
of Education recently voted to allow 19 schools to take advantage
of this option.
state now has choices so that families can decide what is
best for their particular situation. Save Our Summers - NC
is all about preserving a more "traditional" school
calendar as one of those choices. But the School Calendar
Law is under attack. Opponents and their lobbyists are convincing
legislators that this is a "local control" issue.
But there is no guarantee that, given the chance, school systems
would not return to abusing their power. Besides, local control
to Save Our Summers - NC starts and ends at the grassroots
level, not with administrators and lobbying groups.
don't be lulled into complacency because the School Calendar
Law has been in place, and has "worked" for 13 years!
The option of a more traditional school schedule for your
family could disappear with the swift stroke of a pen. Let
your legislators hear from you. Tell them that you support
the efforts of Save Our Summers - North Carolina to keep the
School Calendar Law intact. Senators and representatives have
shared with us that they are only hearing from opponents of
the law. Please, please help us change that!
YOUR HELP IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED!
is long past the days when it could rely solely on a hand-full
of volunteers working a few months out of the year to carry
out its mission. This grassroots organization now requires
ongoing attention and planning on a large-scale basis. Every
year, we have to play watchdog (in a major way),
present research and data, offer viable suggestions, be present
for votes on the House and Senate floors, and attend committee
and one-on-one meetings. In other words, in order to keep
the 2004 school calendar law from becoming history, SOS-NC
has to stay on the front lines, not only through emails and
phone calls, but by being a regular presence at the General
Also, it is imperative that we continue to keep this website
going, as it is the only place where citizens, businesses,
etc. (both in and out of state) can go for comprehensive information
on NCs school calendar issues.
That is why SOS-NC asks you to consider a contribution. PLEASE
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND CONTRIBUTE!